Is white vinegar harmful to dogs?

Is white vinegar harmful to dogs?

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    By: Shawn Haubenstricker El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 07/29/2011

    How are you using it?   Some people use a 1:1 dilution of vinegar and water as a cleaning product.  This is not likely to cause a health concern for your dog or cat.  Natural cleansing products are typically safe for use in homes with pets.  However, you should always read label warnings and follow recommendations on any product, natural or artificial, when using around animals and/or people.

    Some veterinarians will use a 1:1 dilution of vinegar and water as an ear flush, to help eliminate yeast growth in the ear canal. It is believed that the vinegar creates an environment that yeast are unable to flourish in, and therefore helps with treatment of chronic yeast infections in the ears.

    If your dog has consumed white vinegar, it will likely cause gastrointestinal upset.  Ingestion may result in vomiting and/or diarrhea, and/or gas problems for a 24 to 48 hour period.  The biggest risk to your pet under these circumstances would be the concern for dehydration during this period. If you dog is vomiting/diarrhea and lethargic, you should consult your closest veterinary hospital for further recommendations on treatment.

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